Reading and Craft Talk Series

Our Reading and Craft Talk series provides opportunities for published authors to address informal audiences on topics related to the craft of writing. Held on Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, at Great Harvest Bread Company 570 E. Benson Boulevard, Anchorage, these free talks generally begin with a short reading followed by a 20-30 minute craft talk. The event concludes with a question and answer session and book signing. (Authors are responsible for providing their own books.)

WRITERS

49 Writers typically schedules three Reading & Craft Talks in fall and three in spring. We prefer to confirm presenters at least four weeks in advance but we are always open to additional opportunities as they present themselves. Click here to propose a Reading and Craft Talk.
 

Spring 2015 FEATURED AUTHORS

Alyse Knorr - Locating Love: The Impact of Place on the Lyric Love Poem: March 26, Anchorage

The places we love and the places in which we love, including both urban and natural landscapes, serve as stages for our very strongest emotions. Since the very beginning of literature, poets have sought to artfully convey love for and in places both real and imagined, close to home and foreign. This reading and craft talk will explore the connections between place, memory, and craft in the contemporary lyric love poem. Together, we will navigate the cartographies of landscape and love.

 

Alyse Knorr is the author of Copper Mother (Switchback Books, forthcoming 2015), Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books, 2013) and the chapbook Alternates (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). She received her MFA from George Mason University. She serves as a founding co-editor of Gazing Grain Press, an inclusive feminist chapbook publisher, and teaches at the University of Alaska Anchorage. 

Deb Vanasse - The Self-Made Writer: January 29, Anchorage

As writers, we enjoy the freedom to innovate, in our work and also in the ways we learn and grow. How do we make the most of that freedom? Author of fifteen books, including the recent What Every Author Should Know, Deb Vanasse will discuss creative ways for writers to think about craft, education, and publishing.

Co-founder of 49Writers and founder of the independent authors cooperative Running Fox Books, Deb Vanasse has authored fifteen books. Her most recent are What Every Author Should Know, a comprehensive guide to book publishing and promotion, and Cold Spell, a novel that “captures the harsh beauty of the terrain as well as the strain of self-doubt and complicated family bonds,” according to Booklist. She blogs at http://selfmadewriter.blogspot.com/.

Rachel Weaver - Efficient Revising: Time-saving Techniques: February 26, Anchorage / March 1, Juneau

You’ve been writing furiously for months (or years) and that glorious day comes when you write the last sentence. You’ve finished your first draft, you go out to celebrate, the next day comes and you begin to wonder, now what? Often for writers, what follows is a lot of years of inefficient cutting and pasting and rewriting and moving around and moving back. It’s easy to get caught in addressing surface problems rather than evaluating the backbone of the story from a crafting point of view. In this craft talk, we will discuss some solid techniques to make your revisions as efficient and effective as possible to get your book ready to go out the door in fewer drafts.

Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction, set at Eldred Rock in Lynn Canal north of Juneau, which Oprah Magazine described as a “strikingly vivid debut novel” and included in their May 2014 list of Ten Titles To Pick Up Now. In his review on NPR’s All Things Considered, Alan Cheuse described the novel as one that “pulls you in”. Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a top ten debut for Spring 2014, by IndieBound as an Indie Next List Pick, and by Yoga Journal as one of their top five suggested summer reads. Prior to earning her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, Rachel worked for the Forest Service in Alaska studying bears, raptors and songbirds. She has taught fiction at the University of Denver and at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and is on faculty at Regis University’s low residency MFA program.   is the author of the novel Point of Direction, set at Eldred Rock in Lynn Canal north of Juneau, which Oprah Magazine described as a “strikingly vivid debut novel” and included in their May 2014 list of Ten Titles To Pick Up Now. In his review on NPR’s All Things Considered, Alan Cheuse described the novel as one that “pulls you in”. Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a top ten debut for Spring 2014, by IndieBound as an Indie Next List Pick, and by Yoga Journal as one of their top five suggested summer reads. Prior to earning her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, Rachel worked for the Forest Service in Alaska studying bears, raptors and songbirds. She has taught fiction at the University of Denver and at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and is on faculty at Regis University’s low residency MFA program.  

 

FALL 2014 FEATURED AUTHORS

  • Lee Goodman - On Writing Commercial Literary Fiction - or Literary Commercial-Fiction?
    David Stevenson - Letters from Chamonix: Teasing Fiction from Fact
  • Susanna Mishler - A Fine Contrivance: How Can a Poem Be a Machine?

SPRING 2014 FEATURED AUTHORS

FALL 2013 FEATURED AUTHORS

SPRING 2013 FEATURED AUTHORS

  • Leigh Newman - Memoir, Failed Novels, and the Literary Essay
  • Eva Saulitis - Architecture 101: What Poetry Taught Me about Form in Non-Fiction (in collaboration with Alaska Quarterly Review)
  • Anne Coray - The Poem Within
  • Cinthia Ritchie - How to Find the Time to Finish Your Book
  • Bill Streever - Story Telling and Science: Writing about All Things Cold and All Things Hot

 

A big thank you to our hosts, Great Harvest Bread Company!

Great Harvest Bread Co.

Katey Schultz


Author Katey Schultz (Flashes of War)
speaks at our March 2014 Reading and Craft Talk
at Great Harvest Bread Company.
 
 Photo courtesy of Lizzie Newell
 
To hear Cinthia Richie's
Reading and Craft talk from 
February 11, 2013
, click HERE
Recorded for KONR 106.1 LP FM radio
Anchorage Alaska

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